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Hobart Parish Newsletter – St Joseph’s Church

The Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 20-21 August, 2022 (ed.2)
The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 13-14 August, 2022 (ed.2)
The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 06-07 August, 2022 (ed.2)
The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, 30-31 July, 2022


(16th August 2022)

Parish Christmas Stall & Raffle

Planning is underway for the annual St Joseph’s Parish Christmas Stall and Raffle that will be held and drawn in December.  

Order forms for Christmas Puddings and Christmas Cakes are available near the back of the church. Puddings and cakes will be made well in advance to be collected from the Christmas Stall in December.

Pudding and Cake orders with payments should be completed by Sunday, 4th September and placed in an envelope clearly marked “Christmas“. These can be dropped off to the Parish Office or simply be placed on the collection plate at weekend Masses. For further information or clarification, please contact  Angela on 0400 969 817

An “Ingredients Sunday’’ will be held in September to assist with the production of the puddings and cakes. We are grateful for your support!

As in earlier years we need parishioners’ support with prizes for the Raffle, so if you’re a previous donor – or a new one – and would like to support the parish through the provision of a prize, could you please contact Robert Bilyk on 0419 870 555 or Phil Page on 0409 438 625. Alternatively, you could let Gail or Denise in the parish office know on 6234 4866 and they will pass on your kind offer.

(16th August 2022)

arewell to Fr Gerald Quinn CP

Contact details for Fr Gerald :-
Nazareth House, (Holy Family Wing)
16, Cornell Street, Camberwell.  VIC 3124. 
Phone: 0490 901 767

After 33 years of ministry in the Archdiocese, Fr Gerald Quinn CP has relocated from St Joseph’s Church in Hobart to Nazareth House in Melbourne to better care for his mobility issues.

Having recently celebrated the 60th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Fr Gerald’s ministry in Tasmania includes serving as the Catholic Chaplain at Royal Hobart Hospital for 31 years.

Those 31 years saw him called to the bedside of a dying person approximately 50 times a year, to be present with them and administer the sacraments.

Fr Gerald was involved in many initiatives during his ministry in Tasmania including monthly prayer sessions at Hobart’s Parliament House to pray for politicians, and fundraising for pregnant mothers.

Archbishop Julian expressed his gratitude for Fr Gerald’s many years of service to the people of Tasmania.

“I wish to acknowledge Fr Gerald’s wonderful service to the people of Tasmania over the past 33 years, especially his work in hospital chaplaincy.

“We wish God’s abundant blessings upon him as he settles into the next phase of his life and ministry,” Archbishop Julian said.

Fr Gerald has frequently spoken over the years – most recently on the celebration of his sixty years of the priesthood, of his gratitude to God for the privilege of being a priest.

The Archdiocese is grateful to God for the privilege of having Fr Gerald live out his vocation here in Tasmania for the past three decades.

(Archdiocese of Hobart – Josh Low)

(3rd August 2022)

The Death of Sr Ellen Marie Quinn ocd

With sadness we convey the news that Fr Gerald Quinn’s sister passed away this afternoon at 3.15pm, in the Caritas Christi Hospice, Kew. Members of her family were with her at the time

Sadly Fr Gerald arrived a few minutes after Sr. Ellen Marie had passed away. Gerald had his own departure from his Hobart home of thirty years this morning. With Fr Peter Addicoat, they left Hobart for Melbourne. 

Fr Gerald will stay tonight at our Holy Cross Retreat, and move to Nazareth House, very near his sister’s Carmel.

We know you will keep Sr Ellen Marie in your prayers, her sisters in the Kew Carmel, Fr. Gerald and his family.

In Christ Crucified
Fr Tom McDonough CP
Provincial Superior

(16th May 2022)

 Br Edward Braden CP – On The Move

Brother Ed’s address:
Mercy Place Rice Village,
7 Moylan Loop,
Victoria 3216.


Br. Ed left Hobart on Monday, 16th May, after his 50+ years here.  Yesterday, Sunday, people after every Mass were looking out for Ed to say their farewells – as they have been for the last few weeks.  Fr Peter and Br Ed had de-cluttered fifty years into four suitcases for Ed’s move this morning.  Ed wasn’t showing any signs of nervousness about this move, and showed a lovely sense of calm and peace of mind.

On the evening for his farewell meal, Ed requested sausages and chips.  Then, in typical fashion finished the meal as he always did, stacking dishes and loading the dishwasher before turning out the lights.

Our wonderful Br Ed has been a member of the Hobart St Joseph community for 50 years. Over all those years, he has been the welcoming presence at the church doors, Sunday after Sunday. He has surprised some tourists by remembering their names from a previous visit four or five years earlier. In his quiet, prayerful presence and his courageous coping with health issues, Ed has been himself an icon of Jesus Crucified, his presence has been compassion in action.

However, the time has come, Br Ed decided to ask if he could move into assisted care. Selfless as always, he wanted not to be a burden on the community. His family, to whom he is very close, live in Geelong, and so Ed is retiring to the Rice Mercy Home there.

Ed will be very much missed by his many friends in Hobart.

I know you will all keep Ed in your prayers.

In Christ Crucified
Fr Tom McDonough CP
Provincial Superior

(23rd October 2021)

Feast of St Paul of the Cross & 300th Jubilee Celebrations, Saturday 23rd October

Our St Joseph’s Community in Hobart celebrated the feast of St Paul of the Cross  with a mass in St Joseph’s Church and morning tea in the next-door Legacy Hall. The community took the occasion to also celebrate the 300th Jubilee.

Below Frs Gerald, Peter and Justin cut the Jubilee Cake


(27th June 2021)

Profession of Fr Justin Durai Raj, 27th June 2021

Holy Spirit Province Newsletter
(including photos)
Profession Ceremony (video highlights – 6 min)
Profession Ceremony
(video, full version – 2hr 25min)